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Race Forward's analysis of media coverage in Ferguson is cited in the nearly 200-page report released by the Ferguson Commission

Race Forward celebrates Supreme Court decisions in health care (King v. Burwell), housing discrimination (Texas Department of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project), and same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges), and underscores their impact on people of color, while acknowledging there remains work to be done.

Race Forward’s “Clocking-In” is an interactive project that shows how people of color and women make up the majority of the low-wage workforce in restaurant, retail, and domestic industries and are disproportionately affected by unfair policies and practices related to wages, hours, mobility, and benefits.

Rinku Sen President of Race Forward & Publisher of Colorlines introduces "What Is Systemic Racism?", a video series of one minute tidbits featuring our very own Jay Smooth. 

Take a look back at Colorlines' Life Cycles of Inequity series that explores how injustice shapes the lives of black men, from birth to death, using short films, investigative journalism, and infographics to illustrate issues at the heart of human experiences. #LivesofBlackMen

Miss out on Facing Race 2014? We got you covered. Check out video highlights from Facing Race and racial justice accomplishments in 2014!

During the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri questions linger about police accountability in Black communities. But what does police accountability look like beyond individual racial bias? Executive Director, Rinku Sen offers thoughtful, critical analysis.

We launched the Drop the I-Word campaign in September 2010 to eliminate use of the dehumanizing slur “illegal” to describe immigrants. By Spring 2013, the Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other news outlets dropped the i-word, affecting millions of readers daily nationwide.

Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media, and practice.

Race Forward

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation was formerly known as the Applied Research Center (ARC). The goal of our rebrand is to:

  • Lead with race in the same way that our organization does.
  • Highlight the centrality of addressing "Race" and the importance of paving the way "Forward" to racial justice.
  • Convey the urgency of moving forward using the word "Race."

Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media, and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systematic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.



  • Cutting edge, original research on pressing racial justice issues.
  • Intersectional approach to how race compounds and intersects with other societal issues, which can be described as "race and..."
  • Strong social change practice.


  • Colorlines, a daily news site where race matters with award winning investigative reporting and news analysis.
  • Use of storytelling and multimedia to amplify key issues we cover.
  • Pushing key race stories into the mainstream media.


  • Facing Race, the largest conference for racial justice movement-making, focused on alliance-building, issue framing, and advancing solutions.
  • Speakers, training, consulting services.
  • Action-oriented campaigns, such as Drop the I-Word, which seeks to eliminate the derogatory term "illegal."